Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Jennifer Aniston … Julia Harris
Chris Pine … Rex
Christoph Waltz … Actor
Kevin Spacey … Dave Harken
Jason Sudeikis … Kurt Buckman
Jason Bateman … Nick Hendricks
Charlie Day … Dale Arbus
Kelly Stables … Rachel
Keeley Hazell … Ms. Lang
Suzy Nakamura … Kim
Brianne Howey … Candy
Jamie Foxx … Dean “Motherf____r” Jones
|Director:||Sean Anders—“We're the Millers” (2013)|
New Line Cinema
|Distributor:||New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures|
Prequel: “Horrible Bosses” (2011)
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day team back up for this sequel. After the first film, the guys are determined to be their own bosses and start their business with a hot new product and are fresh off a media tour. The guys get a call from a major manufacturer, played by the oh-so-talented Christoph Waltz and his son, played by Chris Pine. The inventors promise to purchase the lots of units once the guys get their business up and running. The deal goes sour, and the investors steal the guys’ idea, and, of course, the guys layout a plan to get back at the guy who wronged them.
Let’s start with the acting, mediocre, overall, but appropriate for this genre. Jason Bateman’s style of acting is appealing and kept my attention. All the other lead actors held their own and took advantage of the consistency of the storyline. I’m a huge fan of Christoph Waltz and was surprised to see him in this type of role. He is definitely entertaining, especially with Chris Pine as his son. The plot is above average for its genre, smart and well put together.
However, there is an abundance of objectionable content. There are numerous vulgar words and profanities, overt sexual content, nudity and violence. There is next to no redeeming content in this film. I truly believe that if they removed the objectionable content it would have been a pretty nice picture.
The running theme is unfairness and exacting revenge. As we know from Scripture, revenge is not ours, it’s the Lord’s. We, as humans, don’t like feeling wronged, but we, as Christians, know God is in control, and we know one day soon we will all have to face Him for our deeds and misdeeds.
As for a recommendation, it’s a no go, despite the okay plot and relatively good acting. The film is saturated with too much objectionable content that cannot be overlooked.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme—“Jesus Christ” (2), “Jesus,” “Jesus F****ng Chr*st,” “Oh my f****g G*d,” “For Chr*st’s sakes,” “For G*d’s sake,” “Oh G*d,” OMG (3), “G*d-damn” (1), f-words (100++), s-words (50+), and numerous lewd and sexual slang words, etc. / Sex/Nudity: Heavy to extreme
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…A wretched excuse for a comedy, Horrible Bosses 2 falls into the classic sequel trap of attempting to dirty-up and double-down on every laugh. … [1/4]
—Peter Howell, Toronto Star Newspapers
…spouting their signature arias of abusive profanity and risque sex talk that quickly goes from innuendo to filthily incomprehensible word salad. …a saggy snore of a plot… [1½]
—Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
…“Horrible Bosses 2” isn't as horrible as the original “Bosses,” but it’s not even a good R-rated comedy…
—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
…Everyone in the cast is just punching the clock through the preposterous and empty second half of the film. And that makes “Horrible Bosses 2” feel considerably longer than its bloated running time. [2/4]
—David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer
…just lame …the worst comedy of the year… [1/5]
—Tim Robey, The Telegraph